Thursday, January 23, 2014

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Get all the information you need about Cornell's game vs. Columbia, Saturday January 25, 2014, with The Cornell Basketball Blog's Game Preview Center. Below, news and notes for Thursday...
  • The Cornell Daily Sun writes, "Senior All-American and Cornell record holder Montez Blair ranks No. 9 in the United States and No. 41 in the world in the high jump. Blair focuses his attention away from individual rankings and toward his individual performance each game, as well as his team’s overall national ranking."

  • Heading into tonight's NBA D-League clash between the Springfield Armor and Erie Bay Hawks, writes, "Center Jeff Foote was also an integral part of the offense [against the Canton Charge over the weekend], tying his season-high with 16 points and registering his second double-double of the season with 10 boards. Foote has gone a perfect 11-for-11 from the floor over his past two games, averaging 14.0 points en route to two straight double figure performances."
8. Cornell (1-14)
Results: L 71-61
This week: Saturday vs. Columbia
Props to Cornell for playing a good Columbia team tight on the road. Devin Cherry had a big night for the Big Red, going 5 of 11 from the field for 16 points. If Cornell had connected on more than 4 of its 14 three-point attempts, this one could have been even more interesting.
OBW Ivy League Frosh Five
Robert Hatter, G, Cornell
Spencer Weisz, F, Princeton
Luke Petrasek, F, Columbia
Tavon Blackmon, G, Brown
Steven Speith, G, Brown
  • A Daily Pennsylvanian sports editor writes, "Columbia has won five straight contests and are about to make it six straight against Cornell this weekend. This team knows it can win games, and with that kind of momentum, the Lions will hit the ground running against the rest of their conference opponents."
  • Navy Athletics is hosting its Alumni Game and notes, "the Blue Team will feature seven players that led Navy to at least one NCAA Tournament appearance. Bill Hoover (’54) led Navy to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 1953 and 1954. In 1954, the Mids defeated Connecticut, 85-80, and Cornell, 69-67, before losing to LaSalle, 64-48, in the Elite 8."
  • CBS D.C. blasts Georgetown's and Syracuse's scheduling and writes, "Contrast that pathetic list of visitors to the schools that Georgetown’s long-time arch-rival Syracuse – now banished from the schedule for the first time in 35 years – welcomed to the Carrier Dome this season: fellow upstate New York schools Binghamton, Colgate and Cornell as well as St. Francis of Brooklyn and former Big East foes St. John’s and Villanova. The Orange also invited two no-point cupcakes, Eastern Michigan and High Point, but Empire State fans should be content"
  • Cornell RPI Watch: The RPI (Rating Percentage Index) is a measure of strength of schedule and how a team does against that schedule. It does not consider the margin of victory, but only whether or        not a team won and where the game was played (home/away/neutral court). The formula is 25% team     winning percentage (WP), 50% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage (OOWP). (See: for a further explanation of the formula.) The RPI may be the most influential factor in NCAA Tournament seeding. Cornell's RPI rank as of January 23, 2014 is No. 334 out of 351 total Division I teams. While neither the Ken Pomeroy or the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) are used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, the site ranks Cornell No. 347 in the nation, while the Sagarin Rankings (USA Today) have Cornell at No. 339. Both sites are predominantly used by fans and the media.
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Anonymous said...

WOW, next year we have the opportunity to see how good JUJU is when BigRed goes to the Charleston Classic. Looked at his Stats so far this year and I must say his numbers are not that impressive. Cherry's or Hatter's numbers appear to be as good or even better at this time. I say this because of all the talk on the Community forum if only we had gotten JUJU. Something to think about, Julian probably would not have been are savior this year if any year.

What BigRed needs is more production in the Low Post with Players converting baskets and the ability to convert at the foul line! Size and ability would go a long way to improving this team instantly.

Just take a look at the more successful Ivy teams, what separates them from us right now is the production they get from low post players and thats basically it.

That is not to say we can't get that production, but to get it they have to play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Well, Julian's played far better competition. And while their shooting numbers are similar, look at JuJu's steals, assists and rebounds. The kid is a beast. Stuffs stat sheets.

Anonymous said...

Julian also plays with a far better supporting cast. Just think how much better this team would be if it had a 15ppg player in the low post to go along with another 10 ppg low post player. Having that significant Low Post Presence would allow this team to do so much more, thus improving everyones game.

Time will tell, one thing for sure is are low post presence will get better next year with Shonns return and the development of one of are Bigs that do not get significant minutes at the present. Then watch how this backcourt stats go up especially in assists and steals. We already have a playmaker in the top 5 in assist and a 2 guard playing the 3 whose open 3 looks will significantly increase when you have to defend the low post!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

I am not sure how Julian playing with better players helps impact his ability to collect a ton of steals and rebounds.

Cornell's guards are very, very good Ivy guards, but Julian Jacobs is considered by many to be a legitimate NBA prospect.

Anonymous said...

Bigger bodies boxing their man out leaves lanes for others to rebound and having 7 footers and 6' 10's on the floor allows one to go for steals knowing he has a front court that big to be the last line of defense! That how bigs allow your backcourt to increase its stats!

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

If you want to think Julian is the same as the guys on our team, go ahead. But that kid is a ridiculous talent and off the charts athleticism for a point guard.

Offers from Utah, Arizona State, Auburn, USC, Texas, Vandy, Ole Miss, UNLV.

Anonymous said...

That's not a list of Basketball powerhouses like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke , North Carolina but the list is impressive enough. Again time will tell, and i'll get the opportunity to see him in person during the Charleston Classic if just to see how we match up!!!

Thanks for the discussion!

Anonymous said...

Our guys aren't close to Julian Jacobs. I've seen both play quite a bit this season, and they're just on different tiers.

We need a point guard and a big man who can defend and score. This has been a big problem for us for two years, and we don't have either coming in our freshman class.

I like David O., but he's really, really raw offensively. Bunce has been a disappointment. If you can't earn minutes on one of the worst teams in Division 1 basketball, I'm not sure what that says. With his size advantage, he should be immovable under the basket against most teams in league play.